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AERO2703: Aircraft Performance and Operations

This unit aims to develop in students an understanding of the fundamental concepts involved in the operation and performance of aircraft. The students will acquire an ability to make accurate and meaningful measurements of take-off, climb, cruise, turn, descent and landing performance; to perform weight and balance calculations; to understand the use of aerodynamic derivatives and their impact on aircraft performance. Students will be shown methods to optimise performance for specific missions. It will also cover modern issues such as airport congestion, noise restrictions, aviation certification requirements for the use of different aircraft categories and novel methods solving these problems.

Code AERO2703
Academic unit Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic
Credit points 6
(MATH1001 or MATH1021 or MATH1901 or MATH1921 or MATH1906 or MATH1931) and (MATH1002 or MATH1902) and (MATH1003 or MATH1023 or MATH1903 or MATH1923) and (ENGG1801 or ENGG1810)
Assumed knowledge:
AERO1560 or ENGG1800, Familiarity with fundamental Aerospace concepts

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. investigate available literature in order to build up background information on set problems
  • LO2. report and present project outcomes to a group of colleagues to demonstrate an understanding of aircraft operations
  • LO3. work as a team to efficiently manage a project, and produce an acceptable result that meets set deadlines
  • LO4. understand the professional standards set under aviation legislative requirements
  • LO5. complete a simple project based on current aircraft performance methodology
  • LO6. understand concepts of take-off, climb, cruise, turn, descent, and landing performance
  • LO7. apply scientific principles to a particular situation in order to obtain a numerical solution to an engineering problem.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.